Companion to the Standing Orders and guide to the Proceedings of the House of Lords


Role of the Chairman of Committees

8.01  In addition to his duties in the House, the Chairman of Committees exercises a general supervision and control over private bills, personal bills, Scottish provisional order confirmation bills and hybrid instruments. References in any private business standing order or in the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act 1945 to the Chairman of Committees are construed as including references to the Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees and to any other Deputy Chairman.[321]

8.02  The Chairman of Committees has the duty to name the Lords to form the following committees:

    (a)  select committees on private bills;

    (b)  select committees on opposed personal bills;

    (c)  select committees on opposed provisional order confirmation bills;

    (d)  joint committees under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936 (House of Lords members);

    (e)  joint committees under the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act 1945 (House of Lords members);

unless he is of the opinion that any such committee should be selected and proposed to the House by the Committee of Selection or unless at least two members of that committee request a meeting for that purpose.[322] The Chairman of Committees also has the duty to name the chairman of any select committee on a private bill appointed by him.[323]

321   Private Business SOs 94A, 204. Back

322   SO 64(2). Back

323   Private Business SO 95(2). Back

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